Fermentation can be dated back to ancient time, where 1/3 of ancestral diets contained fermented food. . It is one of the oldest forms of food preservation. However, as time passes, modern technology leads to the evolution of the modern diet. Fast, processed, refined, GMO foods, such as white sugar, flour become more and more common. Fermentation has been neglected and replaced by refrigeration.
Our digestive system
A human’s small intestine length is about 6 meters and the large intestine is about 1.5 meters. A large numbers of bacteria (5-7lbs) can be easily grown in our gut and it plays important roles in our body’s immune system. They are responsible for our health. When the optimum bacteria are not present, our health can be seriously compromised.
For example, pathogen from large intestines can move into small intestine, multiplies, reproduces and injured it. Small intestine has a very large surface area which can be easily invaded and injured by the bacteria. Microvilli in small intestine are responsible for the extraction of nutrients from food into our bodies. If the micro villi are injured, extraction of nutrients cannot take place and will cause nutrients depletion.
Nutrient deficiencies and insufficient digestion also causes low hydrochloric acid in our stomach, resulting in overgrowth of yeast, bacteria, viruses, parasites, leading to sickness such as Helicobacter Pylori, gas, bloating, malnutrition, and inflammation.
How fermentation helps with your health
Fermentation creates beneficial enzyme and live good bacteria that the gastrointestinal tract needs to kill off bad bacteria & control yeast overgrowth. It balances gut flora and stomach acidity, stimulates peristalsis movement of food through intestines, and prevents constipation by promoting bowel movement.
Fermentation also allows the nutrients in the foods to be more easily digested and absorbed. It breaks down complex protein, carbohydrates and fats into smaller molecules. Plant fiber & cell walls of vegetables get broken down too, allowing nutrients to be easily available by our body.
In addition, fermentation increases nutritional value, additional vitamins and antioxidant effects of food, which makes the food even healthier than they were in their raw state. It makes amino acids, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals content in fermented foods higher, therefore, giving human body much needed nutrients.
Applying fermentation in Natural supplement
Fermentation is useful in diet supplemental as it can help to maintain healthy gastrointestinal system, remove toxins, fight free radical damage and boost immune system. When our digestion is functioning properly and we are absorbing and assimilating all the nutrients we need, our immune system tends to be running strong, and thus better equipped to wage war against vary illnesses.
Applying fermentation in skincare
When applying fermentation into skincare, it breaks down the ingredients we used, transforms minerals and trace elements into rich nutrients that can be rapidly absorbed and penetrated into deeper layer of the skin.
Just like how fermented food does to our gut, it also does to our skin. It provides enzymes and probiotics to skin, thus promotes the growth of good bacteria while fighting and eliminating the bad bacteria that causes acne and various skin problem.
Fermentation process also makes the cell contents of ingredients more readily available to our skin, increases the potency and efficacy of ingredients. The beneficial properties of ingredients such as amino acids, antioxidants are enhanced, providing essential nutrients to nourish, moisturize, synthesize new components, and rejuvenate skin to create softer, radiant, firmer and younger looking skin.